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New York City Schools Spend $6,900 Per Student - on Bus Transportation!

oldbanger Wrote: Jan 14, 2013 3:46 PM
"a new contract for pre-kindergarten bus services saved the city $95 million over five years" So what is the actual cost of this? pre-kindergarten is just free baby sitting.

New York City Schools Spend $6,900 Per Student - on Bus Transportation!

Government schools are an expensive endeavor, especially when union labor and no-bid contracts are involved.

The New York City Department of Education has been catching heat from transportation unions lately over a decision to solicit bids for private transportation services in an effort to curtail runaway costs.

The district has not sought “significant” bids for student transportation services in 33 years. That means it’s probably been using the same companies for years, without competitive bids to naturally control rising costs.

And those costs are increased every year because...